Security is just one of the many responsibilities of schools and colleges and is not one that should be taken lightly. Of course, a number of measures are taken to ensure pupils are kept safe, such as the use of CCTV, fencing, and door codes. All are key components, but quality communications help bring them all together. That’s where radios come in.
Radios are great with health and safety duties, but they’re also a great tool for assisting with the day-to-day running of any school. Whether it’s for teachers, janitors or management teams, they have proven to be a great asset.
While mobile phones are often the obvious option for fast communication, radio use in education is often far more beneficial than mobile. Some key advantages are:
- Direct connectivity, no delay or hanging on for a connection to be launched.
- Consistency; radios don’t suffer from coverage or network concerns.
- Press to talk, release to listen.
- Radios have better protection against water (some radios have IP ratings that make them almost totally waterproof) dust or vibration.
- Tough build design, makes radios substantially less prone to damage from drops and poor handling.
- Multiple tasks, you are able to communicate with numerous operatives simultaneously.
- No call credit.
Here are some two-way radios we think will work great in schools and colleges.
KENWOOD NX-220E2 / 320E2 (4-KEYS + DISPLAY)
Kenwood is proud to introduce the new NX-x20 Series compact portable radio platform with NEXEDGE. With a smaller, lighter design and flexible features such as Mixed Mode provides a straightforward migration path as current analogue radios are replaced with NXDN digital.
The new T82 radios offer the next generation of Motorola Talkabout products with a sleek, slim design and stylish packaging.The T82 is a tough, robust radio, offering users a splashproof IPx2 rating. The new hidden display comes alive when you need it, making calling easier while the easy pairing button makes set-up simple. The radios come with included rechargeable NiMH batteries but standard AA alkaline batteries can also be used, offering great flexibility for longer adventures. This is a licence free radio, so is ideally suited to smaller locations such as primary schools.